It was a fateful night when six young musical hotshots bumped into Klezmer in a Leeds backstreet and decided to go on an epic club crawl. By the next morning the passionate and soul-stirring traditional Yiddish dance music had somehow got all mixed up with reggae, electroswing and amps that go to 11.
And Tantz was born.
“We had a great time working with the Harboured Sounds crew in Bristol. They were endlessly patient with our constant barrage of bad jokes and hangover-killing coffees…Big Up Harboured Sounds!” Tantz
Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. Wailing clarinets? You got them. Soaring fiddlesticks? You bet. Footgrabbing basslines? What else! Smash’n’grab drumstuff? Check (and checkmate). Showmanship? Need you ask … Put them on a stage with room to swing a cat and the next thing you know it’s a heaving dance party that you won’t want to leave.
It takes a special kind of talent to take an old school musical idea and turn it into the Next Big Thing but that’s what they did. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Kendall Calling, it seemed inevitable when they were picked to headline the Brit Awards After Party, 2014. But that was merely a star-studded curtain raiser to what looks like being an even more successful year. If you dig Klezmer you’ll love what they do to it. If you don’t – then you will.
FrenziedHyperKlezmer – it’s coming soon to a good-time near you.
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